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races were carried on in a very large upon the head of the winner, upon the building, with an open space in the head of the one that ran the most middle, so that any one standing in swiftly, and reached him first. What the middle, if he were to look round, is it Obtain from children that it is could see nothing but the faces of thé a crown; the winner is rewarded with people, who were looking on. Along a crown. He has worked hard, but this open space is a kind of path or now he has got the prize, and he does course, over which they are going to not think or care about that.
(Illustrate this by reference to II. Application. the school room and gallery.)
1. The Scene.--Christians are all 2 The Runners.—Ăt one end of the running a race, but they do not run open space, in the centre, stands a man like the runners we have been speakwith something in his hand; at the ing of. They do not run in a building other, stand those who are going to like the one we mentioned, but they run. They have only a part of their are running in the world ; they are clothes on, and what they have on is placed in the world as their race very light. Obtain from children that course, and they have witnesses all it is in order that they may not be round,-many more than there were to hindered from running very swiftly by see those runners we have been speakheavy clothes.
ing about—some in Heaven (Heb. 3. The Race. -Obtain from the xII. v. 1), and mankind on earth. The children the conduct (which they have Christian's life is his race, and he must observed) in two boys running a race. run it; he must either win or lose. They run as quickly as they can; they 2. The Runners.-All Christians. At do not even venture to look back, but one end of the Christian's race press on and on. So with these runners. course, or his death, there is One As soon as they are ready they start, standing with something in His hand, and the race begins. On they run as to give it to the Christian when he gets fast as they can; they never pause for there, and He calls upon him to press anything, nor think of looking back, on. As the runners took off everybut press forward.
thing that would hinder them from 4. The Mark.At the end of the running, so the Christian must put ff course, in which they are running, everything that hinders him from runthey see a man. He has got some- ning his race. What is that which thing in his hand, and there is a post by hinders the Christian? Heb. xi. 1. the side of him, as a mark. When 3. The Race.-As in the race those the men begun to run they could only men ran, so must the Christian in his just see this man and this mark, per- race; he must press on and never tire; haps they could not see it at all, but he cannot wait; tu wait is to lose; he they know he is there; they have been mast press forward with good hopes told that he is there, and as they run and holy desire. they begin to see him more plainly, 4. The Mark-As there was one and what he has got in his hand and standing at the end of the race, to they press onward, faster than ever, welcome and reward the winner, so is and keep this mark in their eye all the there at the end of the Christian's while they are running; if they turn race, to welcome and reward him. their heads they will be behind, but The mark to which the Christian they will not do that. If they were presses onward, is Heaven; Heaver to stop now, or look back, what would must be in his eye during the whole of happen? Now they have just reached his race; he must not turn away his the man—watch to see what he will do. face or eye, or he would be in danger
5 The Prize. Now they have of losing his race. His mark is reached the man they see what he has Heaven. got in his hand, and now he puts it 5. The Prize.-- When the Christian has reached the mark, he is rewarded. | worldly race, there can be but one The crown is placed upon his head; winner. Obtain from the children what he is rewarded with everlasting life; if | means we should take to run and win he reaches the mark he is a winner. this race. All may be winners here, but in a
Annual Motion of the Earth.
I. Introduction. -Revise previous | its orbit a circle. What is it? An lessons.-Earth at rest-motion com- ellipse. municated --in a straight line-how 4. Objects at a distance appear less, produce two motions, one in space, the then if an ellipse, the sun will appearless. other rotatory.
III. Continuance of Motion. II. Orbit.--Object--Earth to move
1. Laws of motion.—At every point round the Sun. How could it be earth has a tendency to go off at a accomplished.
tangent.—A string and stone, mop, 1. Earth must be placed where sun grindstone, wheels, centrifugal, centricould attract; but if this were all, petal. the earth would fall into the sun, like a 2. Two forces acting at right angles, marble to the earth.
the object goes between, compare a boat 2. Suppose a globe with a string on a pond and on a stream. fastened at the top, and a ball tied to 3. How it is earth does not fall to string; stretch the string, then let go; the sun; compare with stone falling the ball falls to the globe. How keep from height, and with pendulum. Veloit from doing so--send it from you—it city overcomes attraction, and afterwill go round the globe. Apply to wards attraction overcomes velocity. earth, within reach of the sun's attrac- IV. Infcrences. tion, how kept from falling to it-give 1 This arrangement manifests the it motion-In what direction? At wisdom and goodness of God—too near, right angles.
fall in; too far, go off into space. 3. By last illustration show how 2. Ás it approaches the sun,
the ball falls. — Apply, Sun's attraction earth moves quickly; when recedingconstant, then the earth must approach slowly, hence motion is not uniform. nearer; if it kept at an equal distance,
One frequent deficiency in our edu- / unreality which seems to say, “The cation is a want of appreciation of playground is not the especial place of the necessity and of games. the schoolmaster;" and acting on this Either a schoolmaster takes no interest as a trite proverbial text, he goes about atall in games and leaves the hour passed | his work, giving as much impression to in the playground the greatest blank all around that it is unnatural to him of the day, or if he takes part in either, as it would be for an Elephant to dance. it is with that kind of stiff, awkward Now, the latter is a degree worse than
the former; better not do it at all, than , village in England, and overhear the do it uneasily; and this arises from a rich squire as he passes the tavern, on radical evil, -the inclination of the hearing the heavy tread of the foot English mind to snub games as part of which tries to respond to the sound of English education; and seen in contrast tune, say “Poor things! it is hard with the population of the Continent, they should not have their enjoyment; in this respect England stands in very there is something natural in the love poor comparison. IIer European neigh- for music;" unless, perhaps, he albours have clearly the advantage of her, together condemns it as a vulgar and down to their lowest peasantry. There sinful pastime. Now, why should is a grace and elasticity, a cheerfulness this be? why should not that same and refinement, about the poorest Swiss squire not only apologize for the innochalet, or the simplest French village, cent enjoyment, but feel it his actual which speaks loudly in favour of that conscientious duty to promote the gaiety of life which attention to games musical longing as he may have done has clearly given. These games are the tendency to cricket, by taking the natural and hereditary; they are part lead in its promotion, and retrieving it of life, and the government takes as from the incubus of vulgarity by makmuch care to recognize them as they ing it his own : But I am not writdo every other part of the management ing on political economy; I am speakof the body politic. In England, the ing of the schoolmaster and his work, game of the peasant or the schoolboy is which is to correct this among other always a napepyov, and generally there evils inherent in our national charis an impression that a man should be acter. Let him come to the country rather ashamed than otherwise of being village, feeling games among his first seen concerned in them. It is often works; let him come to help the hard to form a cricket club for the la- clergyman to promote not only the bouring man at all; the clergyman sus- petty games of the school-playground, pects it, the farmer slights it; and but also to throw himself into a club unless some wealthy squire, who has for the young men of the village. been brought up at Winchester or Eton, Let him head and lead youths of with a respect for the tradition of eighteen as well as children of eight, cricket, devotes a portion of his park to and he will be of double value ; and if a cricket ground, and gives a dinner he is to do this, our training-colleges once a year, there is small chance of must not neglect these games as they there being any decent club at all. do. They must recognize them, use In the same way skittles and quoits them, promote them, honour them. If shrink into a corner of the public- they are to send out efficient schoolhouse yard, and music, the soul of the masters to our country clergy, they Austrian evening, and the joyous echo must not be content with sending out of Lucerne and Chamouni, dies away good mathematicians and accurate geointo the vulgar jingle of a violin in a graphers; they must send out good tap-room. You go to Mayence, and cricketers, good football-players, good you find men of all classes promenad- musicians, and hearty, real, cheerful, ing with the peasants to the sound of a good-natured men. The Christian tull orchestra ; and you go to a country Student.